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2002 Volkswagen Eurovan

  • 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan GLS Van
    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      201/181
    • ENGINE
      2.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $26,200
  • 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan MV Van
    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      201/181
    • ENGINE
      2.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $27,700
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2002 Volkswagen Eurovan Review

Unique design, but lacks some basic qualities of its rivals.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan is a uniquely styled minivan that does offer some good points. It has good brakes, fine visibility, a nice variety of cabin arrangements, and a lot of room inside for passengers and cargo. Unfortunately there is a long list of minuses that a prospective buyer really can’t ignore. If someone wants a unique looking van and is a Volkswagen fan, the Eurovan can be a consideration, but it doesn’t really match class leaders in most of the basic facets important to a minivan, other than space. Buyers should check out top-ranked rivals.

The Range

Body styles: van
Engines: 2.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Volkswagen Eurovan GLS, Volkswagen Eurovan MV

What's New

For 2002, the Eurovan gets a more powerful 201-horsepower, V-6 engine. A stability control system (ESP) has been added to improve handling in inclement weather. New exterior colors include Emerald Green, Reflex Silver, and Black Magic Pearl for the Eurovan MV with the Weekender package.

Exterior

The 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan is technically a minivan. It is available in two trim levels: GLS and MV. As far as the exterior goes, the GLS includes 16-inch alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, power door mirrors, intermittent wipers, rear window wiper, rear window defroster, front fog lights, outside temperature display, and four-wheel independent suspension. The MV trim doesn’t really add any standard exterior features. A power moonroof and/or trailer hitch receiver can be added as an option to either trim level. The styling of the Eurovan is… European. This probably helps explain the name. It is made in Germany, after all. The look is boxier than most minivans. This helps with headroom and moving about the interior, but does negatively impact body lean and overall cornering.

Interior

The Eurovan comes with a solid interior feature list with the base GLS trim, including speed control, rear HVAC, automatic temperature control, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, a six-speaker am/FM stereo with cassette, three-rows of seating, and cloth upholstery. The MV trim once again doesn’t add to the standard feature list. Stand-alone options available for both trims include heated front seats and remote cd player. The MV trim offers the option of a rear window blind for $3,335. Must be quite a rear window blind.

Performance & Handling

A dual-overhead-cam version of Volkswagen’s 2.8-liter, VR6 engine with four valves per cylinder produces 201 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission is the only gearbox available, and premium fuel is required. The Eurovan has a payload of more than 1550 pounds. While the basic acceleration is decent, there isn’t enough power for some traffic moves, especially passing at highway speeds. The gas pedal/engine hook-up has a peculiarity to it that causes pedal travel to not correlate well/reasonably/logically/competently with engine acceleration. This quirk can make low-speed acceleration in traffic a bit of a difficult job. Overall power lags behind most V-6-equipped rivals in this class.

The Eurovan handles like a commercial delivery van, not a smooth, car-like, well-designed minivan that many buyers in this class may be accustomed to. Tipsy in curves and corners, the Eurovan has its share of body-lean, although the antiskid system does help the situation somewhat. Imperfections in the road will cause pitching and swaying. Small bumps aren’t really noticeable, but medium-sized and larger bumps will be felt and then some. Wheel patter shows up on some types of highway surfaces. Noise levels are a problem. Every type of noise source known to the horseless carriage is a concern here. Wind noise is rough, tire thrum constantly evident, body thumping and drumming is ever present, and all forms of noise are an issue, even at gentle cruising speeds. This is a very noisy vehicle.

Safety

As far as standard safety equipment goes, the Eurovan offers an anti-slip regulation system for traction control, dual front impact airbags, all-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, daytime running lights, rear center lap belt, front seatbelt pretensioners, and stability control. Side-impact airbags are not available. Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS have performed crash safety tests on the Eurovan, so prospective buyers will have to use the safety equipment list and Volkswagen’s reputation as a guide when judging the occupant protection capabilities of this vehicle.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Eurovan GLS and MV trims: 15/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Passenger room
  • Cargo Room
  • Visibility
  • Good brakes
  • Cabin arrangement possibilities

You Won't Like

  • Noise
  • Handling
  • Control layout
  • Only one sliding door
  • Hard to fold seats

Sum Up

Unique design, but lacks some basic qualities of its rivals.

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